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Our Go-To Snowball Cookies Recipe

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are a classic Christmas treat. They are made with simple ingredients and are easy to make, even for novice bakers.

snowball cookies and a glass of milk

Snowball cookies, also known as Russian tea cakes or Mexican wedding cookies, are a delightful treat that can easily roll into your heart. With their powdery sugar coating and melt-in-your-mouth texture, these cookies are a favorite during the holiday season and beyond.

The Magic of Snowball Cookies

The magic of snowball cookies lies in their simplicity. Made with just a handful of ingredients - butter, flour, sugar, and nuts - these cookies are easy to make, yet their flavor is rich and complex. The outside is crisp and sweet, while the inside is tender and nutty. When you bite into a snowball cookie, it’s like a little explosion of sweetness in your mouth.

Baking with Love

Baking snowball cookies is not just about following a recipe. It’s about pouring your love into each cookie, from the moment you mix the dough to the moment you take them out of the oven. It’s about the anticipation of seeing the cookies rise and turn golden brown, and the satisfaction of seeing your loved ones enjoy the fruits of your labor.

A Cookie for All Seasons - snowball cookies recipe

While snowball cookies are often associated with the winter holidays, they are truly a cookie for all seasons. You can customize them with different types of nuts or add-ins like chocolate chips or dried fruit. You can even color the powdered sugar with food coloring to match the season or occasion.

Ready to create your own snowball cookie masterpiece? Gather your ingredients and follow these simple steps:


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • ¾ cup powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup finely chopped pecans, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla extract.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Stir in the pecans, if using.

  4. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.

  5. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • For a richer flavor, use toasted pecans instead of chopped pecans.

  • To make the cookies even more festive, roll them in powdered sugar after they have cooled.

  • These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Additional Notes:

  • This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled to make a larger batch of cookies.

  • If you don't have powdered sugar, you can make your own by grinding granulated sugar in a food processor or blender.

  • These cookies are also delicious dipped in melted chocolate.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!


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